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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides


Previously coded CLA1020


The unit introduces students to the culture and societies of Ancient Greece and Rome. Students will examine themes including: war and peace, science and knowledge, politics and litigation, love and sex, death and the Afterlife, through a study of epic and lyric poetry, historical writings, philosophy, comic and tragic drama, legal and political writings and magical tracts. All texts will be studied in translation.


On completion of this subject students will have read all of the prescribed texts in translation and selected secondary texts. Students will have gained and be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the generic nature of and differences between the primary texts studied.
  2. Knowledge of the life and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  3. Abilities to evaluate and contextualise the information that texts provided.
  4. Abilities to critically evaluate texts as source material for knowledge.


Tutorial paper (500 words): 10%
Essay (2000 words): 50%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

Contact hours

3 hours (2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Classical studies